We have found that everyone in our new town are huge outdoor lovers. We thought we were an outdoor family, until we moved here and realized that we spent time outside about half the time as our neighbors do! And we spend a LOT of time outside enjoying Vermont :)
So many of our friends have signed up for the Amazing Park Challenge. It is a passport you buy for $25 with 12 difference challenges in 12 different Vermont park locations, and you have to complete 11 of them. For example, one of the challenges is to visit Sand Hill pool and have 1 team member swim a lap while being timed. Write down your time and have your passport stamped and you have completed that challenge. You show your passport at the front desk and are given free admission to the park/pool, etc. This is all geared towards children and families to encourage Vermonters to get outside and visit a park you normally wouldn't.
We went on our first challenge with our neighbors, the Moyers and had a blast! We went to Mills Riverside Park in Jericho and were given a poem to follow. We hiked for about a mile or so following the clues. The question was, What did you find? And the poem led us to a really cool teepee which the people from the Amazing Park Challenge had built. The girls had a great time playing in the teepee, then we hiked back to the river to let them swim!